National Archives and Records Administration releases Blockchain Primer for Records Management

“The National Archives and Records Administration released a primer on blockchain with an eye to explaining how the technology might work (or not work) in the context of records management. So far, no distributed ledgers have been scheduled as government records and transferred to NARA. But as agencies try to develop more uses for blockchain technology, that could change. Some aspects of blockchain, the white paper notes, could be useful in ensuring the authenticity of records, especially features such as long-term storage of digital signatures. On the other hand, NARA notes, “features like cryptographically inaccessible data indicates that records retention and disposition was not included as part the original intention of blockchain developers.”

“As federal agencies begin to explore blockchain use cases like smart contracts, public health surveillance and supply chain monitoring, federal records managers will have to figure out how to address access, retention, storage and disposition of blockchain records, as well as NARA’s role as a manager and custodian of…” Read the full posting here. 

Source: FCW Insider Top Stories Quick Hits – February 27, 2019. FCW.


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